2016 Jane Austen Festival- NEW Pony Cart

Tall T’s Pony Farm – Greenfield, Indiana

Historical Background:

Our pony cart is similar to what was known as a “cheer” or “shay” in colonial times (see the following information on the “American Cheer or Shay”).  As Edwin Tunis states “it’s likely that cheers were the first passenger carriages in America” and “this (early colonial version) and the more finished later versions of the cheer were the most popular kind of vehicle in the country almost up to the time of the Civil War.”image1

Our pony cart is made of oak, with the wooden wheels and steel “tires” in keeping with the cart design of the colonial period.  The leather harness is typical of those used with such carts.  Note: pony carts would have been  a common site in colonial America as a pony would have been cheaper to purchase and maintain than a horse.


As you peruse the grounds throughout the day on Saturday, July 16, and Sunday, July 17, of the Festival, you will see Candace Trout in her pony cart. Make sure you say “hello”! Note: No pony cart rides will be given. 

Tickets for the Jane Austen Festival will go on sale online starting June 8th (a week away!) and will be available during the Jane Austen Festival. Advance online registration is highly recommended for the Afternoon Tea, Workshops and the Grand Ball as they sell-out before the festival opens.

About JASNA Greater Louisville Region

Non-profit organization celebrating the life of Jane Austen. The Greater Louisville Region is part of the national organization, Jane Austen Society of North America. We have members from Southern Indiana and the Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky area. Hosts of the largest Jane Austen Festival in North America that takes place each year in July at Locust Grove, located in Louisville, Kentucky.
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